(Luke 11)

The Pharisees faulted Jesus for not following certain rituals at table. Jesus responded, “You fools. You cleanse the outside of the cup and inside you are filled with evil.”

Jesus tells us that the essential commandment is loving him and one another. Rules and rituals often have little to do with love.

Lord God, simply put, you are love. You call your children to be like you. Teach us that “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love.”